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Nestled in Hambleden Valley in Buckinghamshire is the picture-perfect village of Turville.
The civil parish near Henley-on-Thames is so small it has one pub, one church and just 100 residents.
Yet the village is small but mighty. In part, thanks to the surrounding Chiltern Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty, and its gorgeous sixteenth-century cottages, it has ended up on the big and small screen several times.
The idyllic village has been used in several hit TV programmes from The Vicar of Dibley to Killing Eve.
Not only this but it has featured in several films with its famous windmill playing an important role in the hit 1968 musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
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Cobstone Mill which sits on Turville Hill was built in 1816 and fell into disrepair, plagued by a fire and lived in by squatters.
But in 1967 the Mill was restored so it could feature in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as home to Dick Van Dyke’s character Caractacus Potts.
In fact, the Times reported in 2021 that one resident then in her nineties could remember the actor heading down the hill and having lunch in the local pub during his filming breaks. The Mill sits at the top of a steep hill from which there are beautiful views across Hambledon Valley.
The iconic building has also featured in several episodes of Midsomer Murders, Goodnight Mister Tom, Little Britain, The New Avengers and Went the Day Well?
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It is not only attraction to have had a starring role but the rest of the village too. In the fourth episode of the BBC drama Killing Eve, starring Jodie Comer as assassin Villanelle, the armed ambush and car chase was set there.
In the hit BBC1 series Turville was known as the fictional hamlet of Bletcham with internal scenes filmed in the pretty house opposite the real life pub called the Bull & Butcher.
Scenes from Midsomer Murders, Goodnight Mr Tom and Marple have also been filmed in the village with one resident who lived in the area for 15 years, Mark Ainsworth, telling the Times he could remember the Vicar of Dibley recording their Christmas specials there.
Turville Church, which has been rebuilt several times in the years since it was first built in the 12th century, was the setting for St Barnabas church in the BBC sitcom.
Speaking in 2021, Mr Ainsworth said: “We were there when they filmed the specials. I remember the last Christmas special that they did when Geraldine [played by Dawn French] got married.
“We used to walk down, chat with them and just watch them filming. You get a glimpse of the side of our house in the episode.”
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